Cy Young (1937)
Cy Young, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, began his major league baseball career in 1890 with the Cleveland Spiders of the National League, a team that folded after the 1899 season. Young played in just 17 games in his first season. In 1891, he pitched in 55 games and had a 27-22 record with an ERA of 2.85. The following year he led the National League in wins with 36 and ERA with 1.93. He led the league in wins again in 1895 and in strikeouts the next season.
In 1899, Young moved to the St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals and he pitched for them for two seasons. Then, in 1901, he moved to the American League and the Boston Red Sox.
Young had his best seasons during his time with the Red Sox (1901-1908). In 1901, his first season with the Red Sox, Young won the American League Triple Crown. That season he had a 33-10 record with 158 strikeouts to 37 walks and a 1.62 ERA. For the next two years, he led the American League in wins with a 32-11 record in 1902 and a 28-9 record in 1903. On May 5, 1904, Young pitched a perfect game.
After eight seasons in Boston, Young was traded to the Cleveland Naps/Indians after the 1908 season. In his last season with Boston, Young had a career low ERA of 1.26, a 21-11 record, and 150 strikeouts to 37 walks in 36 games.
Young, 42 years old in 1909, still played well in his final years, although he played in fewer games in 1910 and 1911. In 1909, his last full season of play, Young had a 19-15 record with a 2.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts and 59 walks. He played in just seven games with the Indians in 1911 before being traded to the Boston Rustlers/Braves. He ended his major league pitching career with 11 games with the Braves.
Young pitched three no hitter games in his career. He holds the major league record for most career wins in major league baseball history with 511 wins. He also holds the major league record for most games pitched with 7,355 and most complete games with 749.
Statistics for Young in 22 seasons (1890-1911) in the major leagues include:
- 15 seasons with over 20 wins, with a high of 36 in 1892
- 7 seasons with 150 or more strikeouts, with a high of 210 in 1905
- 13 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 1.26 in 1908
Career statistics for Young include:
- 906 games played
- 7,354.2 innings pitched
- 511-316 win-loss record
- 2,803 strikeouts to 1,217 walks
- 2.63 ERA
Source for Information
Wikipedia - Cy Young